One of the seven candidates who failed to make it to the second round in
the presidential elections, Michal Horáček, has offered major help to
Jiří Drahoš. Mr. Horáček said he would turn over all of his rented
billboards, internet advertising slots and voters’ centre to President
Zeman’s challenger. He also called on the volunteers in his own campaign
to work for Mr. Drahoš.
Another defeated candidate, Marek Hilšer, has offered to help Mr. Drahoš on social media and said he was also ready to back him on the stump.
Seven senior state and church representatives unlocked the chamber that
holds the Czech crown jewels on Monday. The valuable treasures, which are
among the symbols of Czech statehood, are only removed from the chamber in
Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral on special occasions.
From Tuesday they will be on display at the Vladislav Hall at Prague Castle as part of an exhibition entitled Founded 1918 marking the centenary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia.
The crown jewels consist of a crown that belonged to St. Wenceslas, a royal orb and sceptre and a number of other items.
Incumbent Miloš Zeman’s team will provide details on Tuesday regarding
television debates ahead of the second round of voting in the Czech
presidential elections, his spokesman said. Mr. Zeman refused to hold
public discussions with other candidates prior to the first round. However,
he said after Saturday’s vote count that he would be glad to meet his
challenger Jiří Drahoš face to face.
Mr. Zeman suggested the ideal number of debates would be two. His spokesman wrote on Twitter on Monday that “campaigns should be about opinions” and that was how the president’s camp would proceed.
Mr. Zeman received 38.6 percent in the first round. Mr. Drahoš got 26.6 percent but has the backing of a number of defeated first round candidates. The second round takes place on January 26 and 27.
Ester Ledecká will become the first Czech to represent her country in both
snowboarding and downhill skiing at the Winter Olympics in South Korea next
month. The 22-year-old is regarded as one of the favourites in the
snowboard parallel giant slalom, in which she dominates the World Cup.
Only three names have yet been confirmed in the Czech downhill skiing team for PyeongChang. Another 24 skiers have been nominated, with a final line-up due to be announced before next Sunday’s deadline.
Representatives of the South Moravian Region say a new main railway station
should be built near the river in Brno. Explaining the decision announced
on Monday, they said that it would be possible to use European Union money
to build in that location, while the project would also be completed sooner
than in the centre of the Moravian capital. As a second possibility, they
suggested a location close to the current station.
The regional politicians’ decision will serve as a recommendation to the government, who will decide on the matter. The Brno city authorities are also due to choose a proposed location for the project, which has been discussed for many years.
The case of jailed doctor Jaroslav Barták has to be reopened after the
Supreme Court accepted an appeal he lodged, the Czech News Agency reported
on Monday. Mr. Barták was already serving a 12-year prison term for the
sexual abuse of female assistants when he was handed eight more years for
planning three murders and blackmail while behind bars.
However, the basis for the court’s decision to reopen the case is not yet clear. The reasoning will only be revealed when a regional court delivers the Supreme Court’s decision to participants in the hearing.
The main prize in this year’s Trilobit film and television awards has
gone to director Tereza Nvotová for Mečiar. The feature-length
documentary explores the impact that the 1990s politician Vladimír
Mečiar, one of the architects of the split of Czechoslovakia, had on
The producer Čestmír Kopecký, who has been behind many successful Czech movies and TV seriesd, received a lifetime achievement award at Sunday evening’s awards ceremony in Beroun. The Trilobit prize is bestowed by the Czech Film and Television Union.
Angelina Diash, a Ukrainian activist, who disrupted Czech president Miloš
Zeman as he voted on Friday afternoon on the outskirts of Prague, has been
give a three-month suspended sentence from a Prague court. The court also
expelled her from the country for 12 months.
The woman, who belongs to the activist group Femen, stripped off her shirt and ran towards the head of state as he was casting his vote, shouting ‘Zeman - Putin’s slut,' before she was tackled by the president’s bodyguards.
According to her defence lawyer Lucie Hrdá, Diash feels innocent, but accepts the verdict in order to be allowed to return to Ukraine.
The Czech Finance Ministry will provide two deputies with a full report by
the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) into the so-called Stork’s Nest
affair to two deputies. However, they won’t be able to pass the report to
anyone else. The Minister of Finance, Alena Schilerová, made the statement
in a debate programme on Czech Television. She also said the ministry
does’t plan to release the report to the public.
Babiš, along with his fellow ANO party deputy boss, Jaroslav Faltýnek, and nine others face criminal proceedings over suspected fraud. Police have launched criminal proceedings but the lower house must lift the immunity of Babiš and Faltýnek for them to proceed against them. The two deny any wrongdoing.
The finance ministry last week released a short summary of OLAF`s report, which calls for the near 50 million crowns of European funding for the recreation and hotel complex connected with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to be withdrawn.
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